Monthly Archives: October 2011

Forever a Student

Occasionally I come across a person that resonates strongly with my words. While these people are few and far between when compared to those that disagree with some of the things I say, they are often the ones that I hear the most. This is a reaction created almost entirely by my own ego through the desire to make my words about myself rather than just letting them stand on their own. This idea that someone has learned from something from me is rooted in the belief that I am a “teacher” that is showing people around me the truth.

The role of the teacher in the Western world seems to be one in which a single person stands in front of many others and tells them the nature of how a specific subject works. This nature is taught mostly as a series of rules and guidelines in which the students are required to follow. As a student of music, I am mostly taught that well written music has a set of rules and guidelines that are called “theory,” and I am then told to create my own music according to these guidelines while simultaneously studying great artists of the past who seemed not to follow the very rules I am taught they created. 

I do not want to go to far in to the failings of American education in this post so I will make my point. We all seem to develop this notion that at some point we become teachers and are meant to tell other people what truth is. This idea only divides humanity as we are each constantly at war with one another, attempting to show how we are closer to perfection than those around us. But we must understand one thing. Each of us was born in to our own individual experience of this collective existance and you can not force another individual to fit in your own idea of the truth. We must realize that we are each here to try to understand those around us and apply that understanding to our own version of this truth.

This means that we will forever be a student of the truth and we learn by finding the understanding between all of us. The truth is not within any single one of us and we need to learn to replace “I” with “We.”


External Struggle, Internal Celebration

Fleet Foxes – Bedouin Dress

“Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for.” — Hopi elders

I know its been a while, and my message for this post is simple. We are not here to struggle through life, fighting the things that hold us back. We are here to find a way to live the best we can in the environment we have been given. We all are put through events that are meant to shape us, and how we are shaped is entirely up to our choices. We can choose to be overcome by the obstacles put in front of us, or we can choose to overcome them.

People have been choosing to Occupy various places of power over the past few weeks. While the change these people want might be good, the internal changes they are offered will have a much greater effect. It is your choice to rely on large corporations and other centralized institutions, and while the path of decentralization is much tougher, the payout is much greater. Creating external change in the world is a struggle, whereas internal change is sacred to only you.

Whatever you choose to do, do it in peace. Understand that external change never occurs exactly as you want, and you can not rely on external change to make you happy. These centralized banks, investors, and governments get their power from us, and the best way to remove this power is at it’s roots in the decisions we make every single day. It is time once again to become responsible for the outcomes of our own lives and to experience life the way we want it. That is what this collective mind shift is all about, and it precedes politics, it precedes money and debt, and it precedes any form of ruling body. Understand that you have the power to do this only within yourself and the only one that can accomplish this is you.